iMacs, printers and more
This weeks deals from DealNN include bargain prices on iMacs, printers, monitors and more. Currently MacConnection.com has the 21.5-inch iMac for $1,279, which is $220 off the MSRP and the lowest price we have seen on this iMac by about $90. Free shipping is included, but sales tax applies for residents of New York state. The 21.5-inch iMac features a 2.7GHz Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive. Included are an Apple Bluetooth wireless keyboard, Magic Mouse, and one-year warranty on parts and labor from Apple.
Could hint at update
The Thunderbolt Display is only available in low quantities at Apple resellers, notes AppleInsider. Amazon, J&R, and MacConnection are out of stock, though companies like Best Buy, B&H, and MacMall still have units. Apple's online store continues to have the monitor ready to ship in 24 hours.
New 21.5- and 23-inch models available now
Acer America is now offering the H6 Series LED-backlit displays to consumers in the United States. The new monitors feature near zero frame construction and are available in two sizes - 21.5-inch and 23-inch. Both models have Full 1080p HD IPS panels, which allow for wide viewing angles up to 178 degrees. The new line of monitors can also tilt from -5 to 15-degrees, so users can adjust them for the most comfortable fit.
New standard allows DisplayPort to deliver UHD video
The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) has released it's new DisplayPort standard. DisplayPort Dual-Mode 1.1 will allow computers and monitors to support higher resolutions and new functionality, such as Ultra HD images through a single cable, as well as a number of refinements that will improve interoperability.
Samsung rolls out first touch optimized monitor for Windows 8
Samsung has taken the covers off a pair of premium monitors optimized for Windows 8. The new Series 7 SC770 Touch Monitor incorporates a capacitive multi-touch layer to take full advantage of the touch-based Windows 8 interface. Joining it is the Series 7 SC750, which drops the touch layer, but retains its stablemate’s slim design and premium LCD panel.
Two models available now, one coming December
Further adding to its monitor line, ViewSonic announced today new 27-, 23-, and 22-inch super-slim monitors with a frameless bezel design. All three displays feature a SuperClear IPS panel, with a Full HD resolution of 1920x1080.
Video blogger claims misleading LG marketing
A video blogger has alleged that LG's recently released IPS7-series monitors have thicker bezels than first believed. Sebastian Schneider of YouTube channel Tech Century discovered soon after buying the IPS237 monitor that it had a hidden 10mm (0.4-inch) internal bezel under the glass, making a total bezel width of 11mm instead of the 1.2mm (0.025-inch) as claimed by the company.
May include adapter for MagSafe 2
Apple is now shipping a slightly different SKU of the Thunderbolt Display to first- and third-party retail stores, 9to5Mac says it has learned. Recently Apple was reported to have retired the original part code for the monitor, MC914LL/A, in favor of MC914LL/B. Because Apple hasn't made any announcements, it's unclear what might be different.
LG IPS7 offers direct connection with for mobile phones
LG has introduced its new IPS7 Series of monitors that are highlighted by a near invisible bezel at just 1.2mm (.025-inch) thin. The new monitors use IPS technology for wide viewing angles and more consistent color representation. They come in 23-inch and 27-inch iterations although both are limited to a 1920x1080 resolution, but they also come with support for mobile high-definition link (MHL) out of the box.
Glasses-free 3D expands up to 28 viewpoints
Technology company Dimenco is demonstrating its new 23-inch 3D gaming monitor at the SID show in Boston. The display, using Dimenco Dynamic View, shows off a glasses-free 3D image, last seen being used by Nissho for a 52-inch screen about a year ago. The patent-pending technology is claimed to allow for up to 28 different viewpoints of the screen without any extra eyewear instead of a single fixed point for viewing as in typical stereoscopic 3D screens.
LED-backlit TN panels in a variety of sizes
Acer has imported four of its European LED-backlit LCD monitors to the US, a total of five models that range from the 20-inch S200HL to the 27-inch S271HL, which sports full 1080p HD resolution (1920x1080). The monitors, all using TN panels, range from $139 to $329 and will be available in April. All five feature eColor management buttons, have tilt bases and sport a 1,000,000:1 contrast ration and a 5ms response time, all while using 68 percent less power than florescent-backlit LCD displays.
Monitors take from tablet, smartphone tech
LG has announced a new monitor series, labeled IPS5, that is built using in-plane switching (IPS) panels. The technology, which is utilized by smaller products such as the iPad and iPhone, offers a much wider viewing angle when compared to standard LCDs. LG also claims its new monitors provide improved color reproduction, with color-calibration reports provided with each unit when it leaves the factory.
MacBook Air restricted to single monitor
A new Apple support document reveals restrictions on daisy-chaining the Thunderbolt Display, which is finally shipping to online buyers. Because Thunderbolt supports speeds up to 10Gbps, the obstacle to chaining multiple monitors is less networking than the video hardware in the connected Mac. The MacBook Air can only run one Thunderbolt Display, Apple notes.
Dell intros two new ultra thin monitors
Dell has introduced a new range of ultra-slim desktop monitors. Both the 21.5-inch S2230MX and the 23-inch S2330MX are just 9.9mm at their thinnest point. Both LED displays support 1080p at 1920x1080 pixels each, and are capable of displaying an 82 percent color gamut for accurate color reproduction. They also have a super high contrast ratio of 8,000,000:1 for brighter whites and better black reproduction.
Deliveries still not due until late September
Apple has identified a narrower shipping timeframe for the Thunderbolt Display, a check of the company's online store shows. The monitor is now listed as shipping in two to four weeks. When it was originally announced in late July, the peripheral was only slated to launch sometime within 60 days.
New Mini drops optical drive from design
Apple today introduced an updated Mac mini, representing its smallest and cheapest desktop system. Configurations are based primarily on dual-core Core i5 or Core i7 processors, paired with either integrated or AMD Radeon HD 6630M graphics; the CPU in a server configuration is a quad-core Core i7. Custom orders can further include options like a 7200rpm hard drive, a 256GB SSD, and/or up to 8GB of RAM. All models now include a Thunderbolt port, which can be used to connect compatible monitors and/or storage peripherals.
Will likely make switch to Thunderbolt
Apple's impending Mac hardware refresh should include a new Cinema Display, a report reveals. A part number originally thought to be for a new MacBook, MC914, is instead said to be for the new monitor. Backing this up is a named image off Apple's own website, showing not a notebook but a Cinema Display with one of the stock OS X Lion wallpapers active.
Uses recycled plastics, features 'Eco-Mode'
Audio-visual equipment maker NEC has introduced what it calls the "next generation" of desktop monitors, starting with the MultiSync EX231Wp-BK, a 23-inch LED backlit monitor capable of full HD (1920x1080) resolution using a PVA panel with high viewing angles (178 degrees both horizontally and vertically), a 3000:1 contrast ratio and featuring human and ambient light sensors to adjust the monitor's brightness to save power along with other energy-efficiency features.
64-bit support, rotated resolutions new to v1.6
DisplayLink has released DisplayLink USB Graphics Macintosh Driver 1.6. The new driver brings performance improvements and enhancements, with up to four external USB-based monitors supported. It fixes a system freeze and a GUI lockup, either of which could occur when waking from sleep, enables 1920x1080 resolutions on capable models, and repairs an incompatibility with AISX-chipped Ethernet products.
Widescreen display offers 1366x768 resolution
Toshiba has expanded its range of monitors with a new offering, the Mobile Monitor, which features a 14-inch LCD. The design aims to mimic a standard AC-powered monitor, but in a compact package that can be powered via USB when an outlet is unavailable. The widescreen LCD offers 1366x768 resolution, while the housing measures under one inch thick and weighs 2.8 pounds.
Deals on monitors, GPS navigators, and more
Today’s Deals from DealNN include price breaks on monitors, GPS navigators, and more. Onsale.com currently has a wide range of monitors on sale; however DealNN is featuring the LG Electronics 23-inch LCD Monitor with 30000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, 1920 x 1080 resolution, and three year limited warranty, that’s available today as Onsale.com’s Steal of the Day. The monitor has recently dropped in price from $269.99 down to $139.99, and offers a price break of up to $130.
Monitor features self-correction for color
Eizo has expanded its ColorEdge series of professional-level monitors with the new 27-inch CG275W variant. The monitor features 2560x1440 resolution, 850:1 contrast ratio, and 270 cd/m˛ brightness, while the IPS panel is claimed to spread the viewing angles out to 178 degrees. Users can connect computers using DVI-D, DisplayPort or Mini DisplayPort inputs.
EW2430 and EW2430V offer
BenQ has expanded its display offerings with two new monitors, the EW2430 and EW2430V. Both models integrate a 24-inch HD panel that utilizes LED backlighting and vertical alignment (VA) technology. The company promises a native contrast ratio of 3,000:1 and eight-bit color, while users can connect equipment via two HDMI ports, D-Sub, or DVI.
Up to 43 percent more energy efficient
HP is revamping their consumer monitor lineup, offering five new LED backlit models collectively called the x-Series. The new monitors increase energy efficiency by up to 43 percent, offer 250 nits of brightness and a 3,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio at sizes ranging from 20 to 27 inches (diagonally measured) yet only about one inch thick.
Problems uniform between Mac, Windows
The 27-inch Cinema Display is suffering from serious audio problems, some owners say. AppleInsider notes that complaints first began in October, but have persisted without any solution from Apple. In worst-case scenarios Cinema Displays have been losing built-in audio entirely, although the glitch can be temporarily solved by unplugging and reconnecting the monitor, or in some instances changing audio settings.
Comes in 22-, and 24 inch, with EPEAT Gold
ViewSonic has launched a new, more eco-friendly range of monitors, the VG36-LED series. They are both Energy Star and EPEAT Gold certificatied and deliver energy savings of up to 50% over similar, non-LED backlit displays. The range includes the 22-inch VG2236wm-LED and the 24-inch VG2436wm-LED, which are both 1080p capable.
First monitors should arrive today
The very first shipments of Apple's 27-inch Cinema Display should now be arriving at homes and offices, buyers are commenting. Shipping notices have reportedly been going out since yesterday, in some cases indicating delivery as soon as today. The notices coincide with the availability of a Snow Leopard support update.
IPS with LED backlighting for the first time
LG has debuted four new LED backlit IPS-based desktop monitors. The IPS206T, IPS226V and the IPS236V are aimed home audiences, while the the IPS2321P is for the pro market. All of them promise color accuracy even as they get thinner: the use of the more efficient lighting has simultaneously reduced the depth to just 0.76 inches while lower power consumption by 27 percent.
Older Apple monitors to disappear
With the introduction of the new 27-inch Cinema Display, Apple is phasing out older 24- and 30-inch screens. The recent 24-inch model, notably, has been reduced in price to $799. The monitor was previously priced at $899, just $100 less than the 27-inch option, which ships in September.
Sizes range from 20 to 23 inches
LG has introduced several new ultra-slim LCD monitors in its EX-series. Each display features a 17.5mm thick bezel and LED backlighting, with a response time listed at 5ms. The LED technology is claimed to reduce power consumption by approximately 40 percent, while bringing the dynamic contrast ratio up to 1,500,000:1.
Monitor offers same tech as many all-in-ones
Dell has introduced its first touchscreen monitor, the SX2210T. The device offers the same basic specs as the company's SX2210 product, with a 21.5-inch panel and 1920x1080 resolution, but adds support for touch control. The optical touch technology can be used with a finger or stylus, with +/- 2.5mm accuracy across most of the screen area.
Smart USB Monitor
DoubleSight Displays has revealed a new line of display screens, the Smart USB Monitor. Available in either 7-inch, 9-inch, or 9-inch webcam versions, each LCD monitor is designed to work with any desktop or notebook with a USB port and up to as many as six of the displays on one computer. Like most USB displays, it requires no video chipset and works both in landscape and portrait modes. Most apps will work properly, including some Internet and offline videos.
Displays boast 1080p resolution, 50,000:1 contrast
Dell has quietly introduced several new monitors, the 21.5-inch ST2210 and the 23-inch ST2310. Both displays feature 1080p resolution and a 16:9 aspect ratio, along with an anti-glare coating on the panel. The company also lists a 50,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, 250cd/m˛ brightness and 5ms response time.
Gateway debuts new PCs
Gateway on Wednesday evening introduced smaller, more powerful back-to-school desktop PCs, including its small form factor SX Series and its compact DX Series mini-tower line as well as its FHD Series of monitors featuring a new edge-to-edge glass design. Both the SX Series and DX Series PCs include a unique “digital photo frame” button that quickly delivers a slide show of favorite photos along with a “device deck" described as a small recessed area on top of the chassis to put device -- such as a digital camera, MP3 player or camcorder -- for connecting to USB ports and downloading media. Other new features include a tilt-enabled card multi-card media reader for easy access, a rear cable management hook to organize cables.
Apple monitor safety
Australia's Queensland University of Technology has released health-based recommendations for using high-gloss Apple screens, claiming that reflections can lead to users adopting awkward postures, in turn producing injuries. The report takes a fairly negative stance against the glass found in iMacs, MacBooks and MacBook Pros, and also recommends considering a number of factors that could help alleviate or minimize harm. Injury is only a concern however in cases of intense usage, the university suggests.
Apple LED backlight patent
Apple has sought to patent an LED backlighting scheme which could make the technology more practical for monitors in general, and possibly the company's own computers. While Apple notes that LED improves the color, life, brightness and power efficiency of monitors, the most recent 24-inch Cinema Display is said to have created unique design issues, demanding a way around problems with thermal control and area-to-perimeter ratios.
Dell eco friendly monitors
Dell has quietly launched several new eco-friendly monitors, including the P2210, E190S and E170S. The P2210 22-inch display supports resolutions up to 1680 by 1050 pixels, with a variety of viewing-angle adjustments. Users can connect to a computer via VGA, DVI-D with HDCP, or DisplayPort connections. The device also provides four USB 2.0 connectors to work as a hub. The company claims to have utilized halogen-reduced materials to minimize environmental impact, while the monitor also meets EPEAT Gold and Energy Star standards.
20-in. Cinema Display gone
Apple is dropping production of the 20-inch Cinema Display, an announcement reveals. The company has notified its sales and service links that the product is officially "end of life," and will no longer be shipped to customers or retail stores. The monitor has also been removed from Apple's online storefront, and given no automatic order conversions for anyone who may have ordered the product earlier.
Apple video adapter issues
Apple's recent Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI adapter may be causing problems with 30-inch LCD displays, complaints on Apple's support forums suggest. The adapter is mainly intended to connect modern MacBooks, MacBook Pros and MacBook Airs, which are currently the only devices that support Mini DisplayPort. Users of the adapter are reporting a variety of errors however, ranging from graphics corruption to temporary blackouts.
Samung LCDs at CES
Korea's Samsung has introduced two new LCD monitors at CES, the P2370L and the 2233RZ. The former is a 23-inch display, whose main feature is a white LED backlight instead of the flourescent type used in most LCDs. This is claimed to produce better color results, as well as contrast, which is listed as an extremely high 2,000,000:1. The monitor additionally sports a 2ms gray-to-gray response, and resolutions up to 1080p; input comes in the form of DVI-I, which supports both DVI-A and DVI-D sources. The display should ship in the first quarter of the year for $399.
LG monitors from CES
LG has announced a host of new LCD monitors at CES, concentrating on the M237WD, a new 23-inch display. The panel is unusual in that it doubles as an HDTV set, mainly through the inclusion of 1080p resolution and an ATSC tuner. It is designed in the cinema-standard 16:9 ratio instead of 16:10, and features built-in stereo speakers as well as a bundled infrared remote. Dynamic contrast is rated at 30,000:1, and response time is pegged at 5ms.
Matrox Graphics has introduced PowerDesk, an application that works with Graphics eXpansion Modules (GXMs) and allows users to manage multiple applications on a multi-display configuration. Window behaviors and arrangements can be controlled with customizable keyboard shortcuts, allowing windows to be moved between monitors or applications enlarged to fill one display. Users can also place the Dock on the bottom left, center, or right side of the main screen.
V22 Verfino LCD monitor
Display maker AOC has unveiled a new LCD monitor, the V22 Verfino. The screen measures 22 inches, and is a part of the company's Gamer Certified line. Accordingly the monitor is equipped with high-end features, such as HDMI input, LED backlighting, a 100,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio and a response time of only 2ms. Conventional contrast and response figures range closer to 2,000-3,000:1 and 4-6ms.
Dell UltraSharp 1909W
Computer builder Dell has begun selling the UltraSharp 1909W, its latest LCD monitor. Measuring 19 inches in a 16:10 ratio, the screen supports resolutions up to 1440x900, with a a 5ms response time and brightness rated at 300cd/m2. Contrast is measured at only 1,000:1, and the viewing angle is limited to 160 degrees; a number of ports are provided however, including four for USB devices, one for VGA input, and another for DVI video. The last is HDCP-enabled for protected HD content.
Dell confirms SP2309W LCD
Dell's SP2309W LCD, first revealed quietly through a Canadian website listing, has now been formally launched in the US. The monitor is notable mainly for supporting resolutions up to 2048x1152, a figure beyond the 1080p maximum common to most modern displays. Dell also claims an unusually high 80,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, and a built-in two-megapixel webcam with twin microphones.
Cinema Display shipping
Apple's new 24-inch LED Cinema Display, first announced back in October, is now available for order at the Apple Store. It is the company's first monitor with a Mini Display Port connection, and additionally hosts three USB ports plus a MagSafe power connector; both this and the Display Port link are intended to support Apple's new range of MacBooks. Thanks to LED technology, the monitor offers more light and better color accuracy than regular LCD displays.
Apple display to ship soon
Apple has narrowed the shipping timetable for its new 24-inch Cinema Display, which should be on its way to customers in seven to 10 days. The new LCD display, announced last month with the new MacBooks, features resolution up to 1920 by 1200 pixels with a contrast ratio of 1000:1. The use of LED backlighting is claimed to offer more accurate color, energy savings, and quick transition to full brightness. The device also features an iSight camera, microphone and 2.1-channel speaker system.
NEC P221W LCD wide gamut
NEC has unveiled the first display in its MultiSync P Series of LCD monitors, the 22 inch P221W. The new LCD monitor offers 1680 by 1050 pixel native resolution, while presenting 96 percent of the AdobeRGB color gamut for image or video editing that requires color precision. The integrated 10-bit color look-up tables are programmable if corrections are needed. The P221W offers a slightly wider viewing angle of 178 degrees from the S-PVA LCD panel.
DisplayLink Mac driver
DisplayLink says it has released the completed Mac OS X driver for its display technology. Monitors and projectors that support DisplayLink are able to receive input from a computer's wired or wireless USB ports; up to four displays are supported simultaneously, and some manufacturers of compatible products include LG, Samsung and ASUS. The technology is also present in various docks and adapters.
Acer P244W 1080p monitor
Computer manufacturer Acer has announced a new LCD monitor, the P244W. The display is being aimed at high-end buyers, and as such measures 24 inches, with support for 16:9 widescreen resolutions up to 1080p (1900x1080). Appropriately the monitor is equipped with an HDMI input, which lets users connect the likes of game consoles and Blu-ray movie players. Regular computer inputs should also be included.